“Be the Change You Wish to See In the World”
There is a "best and brightest" in every field — a diligent person who goes the extra mile, who inspires others to flourish in their own right. Nonprofit organizations have their own best and brightest and many are honored every year. The Foundation has chosen to do something different--honor the achievements of someone who works "behind the scenes".
In 2008, the Foundation introduced the “Change” award to recognize a nonprofit employee who is always willing to jump in and do whatever needs to be done for the organization that employs him or her. The individual should promote the organization's mission and coordinate efforts that are significantly beneficial to affecting positive change in our community.
It is important to know that this award was created to reward “background” workers and those hidden gems of nonprofits who don’t typically make the news, don’t get grants, and yet provide extraordinary service to the community.
The 2013 Change Award was given to Andy Najar of Catholic Charities.
The 2012 Change Award was given to Jahaan Martin of Breast Cancer Resource Cener. In her honor, a $1,000 grant in her name was made to the Breast Cancer Resource Center.
The 2011 Change Award was given to Lydia Vandiver of Albuquerque SANE Collaborative; Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. In her honor, a $1,000 grant in her name was made to Albuquerque SANE Collaborative.
The 2010 Change Award was given to Karen Navarro of St. Martin's Hospitality Center. In her honor, a $1,000 grant in her name was made to St. Martin's.
The 2009 Change Award was given to Katrina Owensby of New Life Homes. In her honor, a $1,000 grant was made to New Life Homes.